Day 1: Copenhagen, DenmarkBegin your journey to Greenland in the capital city of Denmark with an overnight hotel stay.
Day 2: Copenhagen / Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandTransfer from your hotel to the Copenhagen Airport early in the morning. Board a chartered flight to Kangerlussuaq the main gateway to Greenland. Explore the area before embarking the expedition ship.
Day 3: SisimiutSisimiut is the second largest community in Greenland set among rolling countryside with the town center placed at the foot of a steep hill. Make a visit to the arts and crafts workshop close to the pier and watch as local craftsmen create traditional jewelry from bone, leather and metal.
Day 4: QeqertarsuaqSituated on the old volcanic island of Disko, Qeqertarsuaq is home to an Arctic research station that is part of a Copenhagen University study into flora and fauna. Take a walk through town observing its special octagonal church and learning its history with a visit to the local museum. Take a guided walk over the Red River and through Blæsedalen, known as the valley of the winds with a characteristic mountain heath rich in Arctic flora. During the walk, enjoy spectacular seaside views of towering icebergs that lie grounded in the shallow waters.
Day 5: QasiguiannguitQasigiannguit, “Pearl of the Disko Bay”, is the second oldest town in Greenland and was founded in 1734 with the oldest house is still in use. History and archeology buffs should definitely pay a visit to the local museum. Explore the settlement on your own or join a guided excursion including a settlement walk, entrance to museums and a visit to the church.
Day 6: Uummannaq / UkkusissatThe town of Uummannaq is situated in scenic surroundings at the foot of a nearly-mile high heart-shaped mountain. Join a walking tour or just stroll around this beautiful town on your own. The displays in the town museum include replicas of the famous Qilakitsoq mummies and collections of traditional arts and crafts.
If you are feeling fit, join the Expedition Team on a hike along the mountain to “Santa’s Hut”. Or stay back and meet one of the locals and hear about everyday life in Greenland. Alternatively, take a boat excursion that includes a landing at Qilakitsoq where the mummies from the Thule era were found. When we arrive in Ukkusissat, the locals will come aboard and introduce us to traditional songs and dances before proudly welcoming us to their village. Once ashore you may stroll around at your leisure.
Day 7: IllorsuitIllorsuit lies at the mouth of the Uummannaq Fjord. With only 90 people living in this settlement, it is a traditional hunting and fishing community and rarely visited by tourists.
Day 8: UpernavikFor centuries, locals have migrated to Upernavik in spring to take advantage of its rich hunting grounds. The settlement lies in Melville Bay in northwest Greenland and has the world’s northernmost open-air museum. Keep your eyes open for a polar bear skins and seal skins when walking through town.
Day 9: Qullissat / Eqip SermiaArriving in Qullissat, use the Polarcirkel boats to go ashore. Enjoy a walk through the settlement on your own. If the ice conditions allow, delight in views of the Eqip Sermia glacier. Here you will have an outstanding opportunity to experience the immense nature of glaciers first-hand.
Days 10 - 11: Ilulissat / OqaatsutIlulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic, and this town lives up to its name. The most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq feeds enormous bergs into the Ilulissat Icefjord. Not surprising this area is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The floating icebergs are like massive individual sculptures with colors varying depending on the light. Our shore excursions include hikes and a boat tour to the ice fjord.
The next morning we head towards the Oqaatsut area where we hope to do some shore landings and activities. Oqaatsut is a charming settlement, with its own school, church and a small grocery store. Enjoy an introduction to this small Greenlandic settlement, where modern amenities like the internet go hand in hand with old traditions.
Day 12: ItilleqThis small isolated settlement close to the Arctic Circle is home to about 130 inhabitants who make their living by traditional fishing and hunting. Itilleq always welcomes guests for an active stay in their settlement to give a closer understanding of their culture. Afterwards you can join in a soccer game between crew and guests, and the locals of Itilleq.
Day 13: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland / Copenhagen, DenmarkIn the early 1960’s, 27 musk oxen were introduced to Kangerlussuaq from northeast Greenland and today their numbers are over 10,000. Disembark the vessel here and board your charter flight back to Copenhagen and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 14: Copenhagen, DenmarkCelebrate the conclusion of an amazing voyage in this beautiful city.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
One pre and one post hotel night in Copenhagen including breakfast; transfer between hotel and airport in Copenhagen; return economy flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq including current taxes and charges; transfers in Kangerlussuaq; Kangerlussuaq excursion including lunch; onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides.
Airfare except return charter flight between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.